Evergreen

Tucked in the mountains west of the state capital, Evergreen provides a warm respite from Denver's big-city bustle. Alpine meadows, cool forests and brilliant wildflowers create a natural backdrop for this thriving community. Evergreen boasts an eclectic community and a rich cultural existence — local theater, arts, music and fine dining. For recreation, jog up to Evergreen Lake. This pristine jewel offers boating and picnicking in the summer, ice-skating in the winter and fishing year-round. Drive up nearby Mt. Evans (14,624 feet) or watch as the Maxwell Falls cascade 76 feet into a rocky canyon. Camping, hiking, fishing and more are offered through Jefferson County Open Space.